The Hobbyist Exemption?

I just learned of an exemption to the NICS check when purchasing a firearm from a FFL. This is over and above the exemption for those that have CCWs from states where it is recognized as a substitute background check.

It is called the “hobbyist” exemption and I learned about it from a Demanding Mommy from Texas with whom I have been going back and forth with on Twitter.

This was in response to a tweet that noted a background check is required when purchasing a firearm from a Federal firearms licensee. “Tricia” said earlier you could buy an AR-15 without a background check in Texas because the state didn’t require it.

This shows just how little our opponents know about Federal firearms law and what is required.

5 thoughts on “The Hobbyist Exemption?”

  1. Well, in replies she's really thinking of the "gun show not-loophole" and the "armslist not-loophole"; private sales.

    I believe she was reading "FFL" as "for the BUYER"; and it's true, if you're not in teh business of buying and selling guns, you don't need an FFL (and in fact the BATFE won't give you one anymore).

  2. I bet if you bought one of those old style black powder AR-15s, you wouldn't have to pass a background check.

  3. Any gun made before 1898 is not considered a firearm by ATF and does not need a background check.

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